|Britain's most police-harrassed
publishing house is now on the Internet. Take a look
at the Savoy
Books homepage, and make up
your own mind.
One thing we'd
never realised - their company is named after the
Savoy magazine, founded by Arthur Symons and Leonard Smithers.
Meanwhile, let us never forget that
Britain still has forms of censorship long gone in
more modern countries.
SNAKESKIN's regular readers will
know about the lingering effects of the ages-old
blasphemy legislation. A poem by James Kirkup was
banned by the courts from publication in Britain back
in the 1970's - and websites that have publicised it
recently have been subject to police pressure and
investigation. Jaimes Alsop publishes a full and
fascinating dossier on the poem. It voices a Roman soldier's homosexual
passion for the dead Christ, so please don't read on
if that sort of thing is likely to upset you.
Two poets who discovered the poem through following
SNAKESKIN's links have contributed poems that express
their reactions to it:
Reading 'A Love That Dares Not Speak its Name' by